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Author Topic: Marlec wind turbines is 40 years old.  (Read 626 times)
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« on: July 11, 2018, 09:49:03 PM »

Must be close to Navitron HQ. Anybody own one?
https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/uk-s-oldest-renewable-energy-company-celebrates-milestone-9003834/
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 06:08:40 AM »

I had one for twenty odd years Stann but it was a bit like the 'cleaners 40 year old broom' as it had had several cores, sets of blades, rotors, brushes and bearings to keep it going. I was quite fond of it really and even kept it going when I'd no longer a use for it.



I finally gave up on it four years ago https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/a-full-week/ but to be honest it was only cos at 58 I'd lost my head for heights  Grin



I've passed all the remains and a mountain of spares onto a neighbour who may resurrect it yet.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 09:30:43 AM »

There are quite a few Rutlands around here.
                 Mostly on the Islands and being used during the summer holiday seasons . They were very popular one time..I don't know a lot about them except that they were quite reliable and much less expensive than the AirX.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 08:00:58 PM »

They've moved to northants now which is close but not close close.

I had one of their controllers for a bit and it did sterling if unexciting duty for a long time.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 08:38:44 AM »

There was one in the middle of Rutland Water. Me and my old work mate had the job of fitting one to the top of the limn tower near the dam. It was installed to power the water level telemetry after the shore cable failed. The system had no real chance of doing what was expected of it, even after fitting a 180w(ish) BP solar panel (how much would that have cost 15 years ago?)
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2018, 07:51:15 PM »

There was one in the middle of Rutland Water. Me and my old work mate had the job of fitting one to the top of the limn tower near the dam. It was installed to power the water level telemetry after the shore cable failed. The system had no real chance of doing what was expected of it, even after fitting a 180w(ish) BP solar panel (how much would that have cost 15 years ago?)

To be honest it amazes me that they are still in business, Rutland/Marlec that was/is. I had a soft spot for them right enough cos they kept my 12v ring main going for donkeys years. However that was only cos I had a shed load of spares and failed turbines that had been used (unsuccessfully) to power salmon farm seal scarer's, Railtrack signs, broadband masts etc. I think the only reason they're still making them is cos they're pretty good at charging the leisure battery on a yacht.
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